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Big gap between government promises on SABL and action on the ground

August 26, 2014 Leave a comment

From Institute of National Affairs

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INA Seminar on SABLs, notably Pomio and Turubu, 21 August 2014, with presenters Rick Jacobsen and Alex from Global Witness and Paul from Pomio…who together with the other stakeholders, including Governor Gary Juffa (of Oro) and Collingwood Bay landowners, highlighted the big gap between the statements by Govt over revoking SABLs and action on the ground, with some operators on these land and forest grabbing projects logging as fast as possible (including at night) in case of any action to close them…

Besides the lack of any due process in acquiring the resource, in some cases there are police contingents on site used to harass opposing landowners, who actually own the resource and have every legal right to take action…this is despite the direction by the (former) RPNGC commissioner several months back that police units must be withdrawn from doing these companies dirty work and being based on the SABL land…

It was highlighted the need for legal support to assist landowners overturn these SABLs, in the absence of action by Lands and other Government agencies. Indeed, it seems to be the case that some officials in these agencies are endeavoring merely to rejig these SABLs and claim them now to be legal….

O’Neill’s illegal logging: 417 days and STILL counting…

August 15, 2014 Leave a comment

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Your help is needed to stop illegal logging

August 8, 2014 4 comments

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ACT NOW!

Your help is urgently needed by indigenous communities who are seeing their forests illegally destroyed by foreign-owned logging companies.

These companies are stealing logs, destroying the valuable forest environments communities rely on for their subsistence and subjecting local people to violence and abuse.

The National Forest Board oversees the management of forest resources in PNG and is the body with the power to act and stop the logging. But we need to pursuade the Board members to take action.

Please ACT NOW! – send an email to the National Forest Board members demanding they cancel the logging licences.

The logging companies have illegally cheated their way into pristine areas of ancient forest by making false promises of long-term agriculture development and have convinced officials to by-pass proper processes to get their logging licences.

Photo shows landowners trying to block logging company access into their Conservation area, Pomio, West New Britain. Armed police forced the removal of the road block.

Photo shows landowners trying to block logging company access into their Conservation area, Pomio, West New Britain. Armed police forced the removal of the road block.

A Commission of Inquiry has already revealed how the logging companies have cheated their way into the forests:

With corrupt government officials from implementing agencies riding shotgun for them, opportunistic loggers masquerading as agro-forestry developers are prowling our countryside, scoping opportunities to take advantage of gullible landowners

But NOTHING is being done to stop the logging.

In total more than 5 million hectares of land has been grabbed from local communities using a mechanism known as Special Agriculture and Business Leases. The government has ordered some leases be cancelled – but nobody has taken any action to stop the logging.

Please ACT NOW! – send an email to the National Forest Board members demanding they cancel the logging licences.

O’Neill’s illegal logging: 410 days and counting…

August 8, 2014 Leave a comment

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It is now 410 days since Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was told that the SABL leases were unlawful and should be revoked.

It was on June 24, 2013 that he was given the reports of the SABL Commission Inquiry which detail the widespread fraud and mismanagement used by foreign logging companies to gain illegal access to over 5 million hectares of land.

O’Neill has promised to cancel the leases and stop the illegal logging several times.

In September 2013 O’Neill told Parliament:

“We will no longer watch on as foreign owned companies come in and con our landowners, chop down our forests and then take the proceeds offshore”

But, despite an NEC decision in June we are still waiting for the leases to be cancelled and the logging stopped.

For 410 days O’Neill has failed to revoke the SABL leases and has been complicit in the illegal logging of our forests by foreign logging companies.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has aided and abetted the theft of logs worth hundreds of million of kina and the destruction of thousands of hectares of pristine forest.

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Fridrikkson and Liria cited for Supreme Court contempt over Paga Hill

August 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Rtd Judge Mark Sevua has requested the Registrar of the Supreme Court to cite Paga Hill Development Company principal, Gummi Fridrikkson and Liria for contempt, together with Land Board Chairman and Lands Dept Secretary. This is for their part in dealing with the Reclaimed Land at Paga Hill while a Supreme Court case was still before the Court.

The name parties are alleged to have all colluded and awarded the Reclaimed Land to ANDAYAP NO 5 LTD, a company owned by PHDC with Liria as Director and Fridikkson as Secretary.

No advertisement of the land was done in contravention of Section 69 Land Act which mandatorily requires all state lease to be advertised and therefore the process was illegal.

The Reclaimed Land is now part of a new Portion 3149 granted to Andayap No 5 Ltd on 4 June 2014 – about 3 weeks before the Supreme Court gave its judgment on SCA 18 on 1 July 2014.

The former Judge says It is obvious that PHDC failed to disclose its dealings of the Reclaimed Land to the Supreme Court:

Why?????

Is this country being sold by its own people???

Why are the authorities allowing these dishonest and corrupt people to destroy the lives of our ordinary citizens like the residents of the Reclaimed Land at Paga Point with impunity?????”

Paga Hill demolition in blatant violation of Constitution says retired judge

August 4, 2014 2 comments

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Judge Mark SevuaOn Tuesday morning, 22 July 2014; NCDC Officials with the assistance of armed Police, Paga Hill Development Company and Curtain Bros demolished the SDA Church located at Paga Point together with the shelters of the Settlers on the Reclaimed Land below Paga Hill at Paga Point. The demolition and destruction of the Church and the Settlers’ shelters were carried out without any consideration of human dignity and the interest and welfare of the affected citizens. This is a blatant violation of the Constitution!! !!!!

It is quite amazing that a person of the calibre of Powes Parkop, the NCD Governor, who used to be describe himself as a champion of “Human Rights” could authorise his employees and henchmen to destroy the Church and the Settlers’ life with the use of armed police, without any human consideration at all. I only wish that the three World War 2 bombs had exploded that day and destroy all those involved in the destruction of this area!!!!!!!!!!!

Where was NCDC when this area was filled by extracted rocks and soil from the Burns Peak Poreporena Freeway construction in the late 70s????? When did NCDC declare the Reclaimed Land at Paga Point to be “Part Commercial, Part Public Utilities and Part Open Space” ????? If NCDC claims title to the Reclaimed Land, why did it not prevent the Settlers from moving onto the Reclaimed Land from the start, when the area was filled????????

These citizens have been residing on this Reclaimed Land for many years without interference by any authority. The eviction exercise initiated by Paga Hill Development Company was wrong in the first place. Even the National Court Order to give vacant possession of Portion 1597 including the Reclaimed Land was also wrong. As determined by the Supreme Court on 1 July 2014, such order given by the National Court on 29th January 2014 excludes the area known as the Reclaimed Land. The reason is simple- Portion 1597 did not, does not, and never include the Reclaimed Land. Up to today, some Settlers are still residing on the Reclaimed Land under sun, wind and cold because they have nowhere to go. The destruction of their homes was done in haste and without affording them ample opportunity to relocate. NCDC headed by the so called “Human Rights” lawyer and Governor Powes Parkop must be held accountable for their employees’.actions, especially when there is a Supreme Court Order in place. I therefore call on the Governor of NCO, Curtain Bros, Paga Hill Development Company and the Police to compensate these Settlers who have fallen victims of the unconstitutional breaches by all those concerned. These Settlers are simple people, some unemployed, but they are nevertheless human beings and they deserved to be treated with human dignity.

It is ironic and quite sarcastic and stupid for Gudumundur Fridriksson to deny his company’s involvement when the Settlers have seen and identified Stanley Liria in company with NCDC and Curtain Bros employees in the area since the Supreme Court decision. The Settlers may be just ordinary people, but they are not stupid, and they know who Stanley Liria is.

I would suggest that the Settlers’ Lawyer should file contempt of court proceedings against Stanley Liria and his company and the others who have been involved in this destruction. Contempt of the Supreme Court Order is a very serious matter and hopefully the Supreme Court will deal with those who think they are smarter than the Supreme Court.

I condemn in the strongest terms possible the inhuman and unconstitutional treatment these ordinary Papua New Guineans have suffered at the hands of NCDC, Police, Curtain Bros and Paga Hill Development Company. I also condemn the unlawful use of threats and violence by armed policemen who behave as if they are above the law. They behave like armed criminals and

I call on Geoffrey Vaki and Jim Andrews to stop their armed thugs policemen from getting onto the sides of private companies and NCDC and to stop harassing unarmed civilians. Finally, I call of NCO Governor, Powes Parkop to apologise to the Settlers and compensate them for the damages inflicted on them through his employees. As a champion of human rights cause, he should be accountable for the abuse and breaches of human rights his employees had rendered to these simple innocent Papua New Guineans and o the right thing by these people who continue to suffer from the unconstitutional violations.

O’Neill’s illegal logging: 403 days and counting…

August 1, 2014 1 comment

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It is now 403 days since Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was told that the SABL leases were unlawful and should be revoked.

It was on June 24, 2013 that he was given the reports of the SABL Commission Inquiry which detail the widespread fraud and mismanagement used by foreign logging companies to gain illegal access to over 5 million hectares of land.

O’Neill has promised to cancel the leases and stop the illegal logging several times.

In September 2013 O’Neill told Parliament:

“We will no longer watch on as foreign owned companies come in and con our landowners, chop down our forests and then take the proceeds offshore”

But, despite an NEC decision in June we are still waiting for the leases to be cancelled and the logging stopped.

For 403 days O’Neill has failed to act on the Commission of Inquiry findings, failed to revoke the SABL leases and been complicit in the illegal logging of forest resources by foreign logging companies.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has aided and abetted the theft of logs worth hundreds of million of kina and the destruction of thousands of hectares of pristine forest.

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